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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1196

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Council members in Tamil town in Sri Lanka resign to protest rebel threats
By Joe Aryaratnam, Associated Press Writer Jaffna, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 13: - All 23 members of the town council in Tamil-dominated Jaffna resigned Thursday alleging they had been threatened by Tamil Tiger rebels seeking to postpone the reopening of a public library torched by anti-Tamil mobs nea...
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Burmese General is given a discourse on Democracy by Dr Sein Win, Prime Minister of NCGUB.
Washington, Feb. 13: Prime Minister Dr Sein Win of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) flays the Burmese junta for its covert attempt to link them with weapons, violence and terrorist camps. The popular Prime Minister of the exile Burmese Government, has categorically r...
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Rebel pressure halts reopening of Jaffna library
By Lindsay Beck Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 13: Pressure from Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels has forced authorities to postpone the reopening of the Jaffna Library, a cultural icon for the country's Tamils, lawmakers said on Thursday. The library was gutted in 1981 after ethnic majority Sinhalese poli...
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Lanka fears Iraq war, raises fuel prices
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 13:: Amid fears of a US-led war in Iraq, Sri Lanka today increased fuel prices by nearly six per cent, citing a sharp rise in crude oil prices in the international market. Government spokesman GL Peiris said that the administration is concerned that a possible US-led war in Ir...
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PM to attend NAM summit
Bangkok, Feb 13 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will attend the upcoming summit of the Non Alignment Movement (NAM), to be held in Malaysia later this month, according to Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai. Surakiart told TNA on Thursday that Premier Thaksin would attend the NAM summ...
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Sihanouk slams apology
King Norodom Sihanouk has condemned an apology from the Cambodian ambassador in the United States to his Thai counterpart for the anti-Thai riots in Phnom Penh, calling it "an unpardonable act of treason". Within a day of the riots but prior to an official statement from Phnom Penh, Cambodian Ambas...
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Shan leader pours cold water on Thaksin offer
Shan State Army leader Colonel Yawd Serk yesterday dismissed recent reports that the Burmese military government had given a green light to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to push for a dialogue between the junta and rebel armies, saying the generals in Rangoon were not sincere. "Although it was...
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S.Lankan govt, Tamil rebels make progress on human rights issues
Colombo, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet): The Sri Lankan government and the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels have made significant progress on human rights issues, the chief government peace negotiator said Thursday. Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L Peiris who heads the government's peace team in the Norwegia...
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50 days have passed, soldier still LTTE captive
The Island: Sri Lanka Army soldier H. S. Nimal Kumara who was taken into LTTE custody in December last year still remains in LTTE captivity due to the failure of the Sri Lanka government to secure his release. H. S. Nimal Kumara of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Unit was seized by the LTTE on Decemb...
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Army jeopardising peace talks - LTTE
The Island: The LTTE condemned the attack on unarmed female cadres in Manipay on Wednesday by soldiers and warned that such incidents would "seriously jeopardize" the Norwegian peace process, TamilNet quoted the London based Tamil Guardian. Earlier the LTTE blamed the Navy for last Friday’s incide...
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Myanmar Promises Fair Trial for Arrested Activists
Yangon (Reuters), Feb. 14: Myanmar's military government on Friday promised a fair trial for opposition activists arrested on charges of plotting to blow up a prison and a railway station. The 12 arrests announced this week have been seen as a sign of growing tension between the ruling generals a...
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Lawmaker Says Burma Must Stop Brutality Against Minorities
Joseph Pitts, Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania decried Burma's campaign of genocide in the floor of House of Representative on 12 February. He pointed out in the American Parliament that the the international community has failed to recognize that there is, under international legal defini...
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Thailand hosts APEC customs conference
Chiang Mai, Feb. 14 (TNA): Thailand is hosting an APEC conference on customs practices in this northern resort province of Chiang Mai, aimed to promote cooperation and joint activities of customs departments of the 21-member grouping, according to TNA reporter. The First Conference of the APEC Su...
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Myanmar ruling junta attacks opposition
Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 14: A high-ranking official of Myanmar's military government attacked members of the country's pro-democracy opposition, alluding to them as "destructive elements," a state-controlled newspaper reported Friday. The speech published in the Myanma Ahlin daily was the fir...
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Take Ceasefire Responsibilities Seriously
The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, in its latest media release, has appealed to both the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to take the ceasefire responsibilities seriously. The National Peace Council has also expressed it regret over the loss of life of th...
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Thais say make love not war
Bangkok, February 12, (TNA): The anti-war stance of ordinary Thais was shown into sharp relief today by the publication of a poll showing that nearly half the population of Bangkok believes that the US does not have sufficient reason to attack Iraq and 65 percent saying that war goes against relig...
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Makha Bucha Day celebrated in Bangkok
Bangkok, Feb 12 (TNA): The governmental and private sectors will co-host an event to mark the Makha Bucha Day at Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace. Yongyudh Thanapura, Secretary- General of Buddhism Organizations Council of Thailand said that the auspicious ceremony attended by the highly r...
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Drugs Crackdown: PM rejects call for rights monitors
Bangkok, Feb. 13: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday dismissed the suggestion that foreign human-rights groups investigate alleged extra-judiciary killings by police, who are hard pressed to produce results in the ongoing crackdown on narcotics. The idea of having a United Nations agency...
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Thaksin seeks sweeter sugar
Bangkok, (Bloomberg) Feb. 13:Thailand, the world's second-largest sugar exporter, plans to seek cooperation from Brazil and other top sugar producers to boost the sweetener's price, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said. “As a producer, we should be able to command the price,'' Thaksin said at a c...
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Myanmar marks 56th Union Day with calls for unity, democracy
Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 12: Myanmar's ruling junta urged ethnic unity and warned against "destructive elements" while the opposition renewed calls for democracy at ceremonies Wednesday marking the country's 56th Union Day anniversary. The holiday commemorates the signing of a 1947 agreement by eth...
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